On January 5th we celebrate National Bird Day!
National Bird Day is an especially good day to celebrate our avian friends by learning about birds, bird watching, and doing our part to help conserve birds in the wild and their natural habitats.
Let’s take a quick venture into the world of Ornithology (the study of birds) by learning a few cool facts.
- There are more than 10,400 living species of birds.
- The major thing that distinguishes birds from all other animals is that they have feathers.
- The largest flying bird in terms of wingspan (length measured from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other) is the Wandering Albatross at 11.5 feet.
- Some birds are flightless and this means that they can grow much larger than other birds. The Ostrich is the largest living bird and can be up to 9 feet tall and weigh up to 330 pounds.
- Hummingbirds are some of the smallest living birds and the very smallest is the Cuban Bee Hummingbird which only grows to 2.5 inches long and only weighs about 0.1 ounce.
- Every state in the USA has a state bird. The state bird of Florida is the Northern Mockingbird.
Can't get enough of fancy flights and fabulous feathers? Check your local library branch for these birdie reads!
General Bird Facts:
Ornithology & Conservation:
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica